Earth Day Symposium

The symposium is an annual educational and networking event for local government, students and planning professionals. It provides tools for implementing environmental initiatives in new projects throughout the St. Louis area.

2015 St. Louis Earth Day Symposium
LIVABLE COMMUNITIES

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WHEN: June 3, 2015

  • Registration and breakfast begin at 8am
  • Presentations begin at 8:30am
  • Poster Session starts at 4:00pm and includes a reception for all attendees.

WHAT: The Earth Day Symposium provides educational and networking opportunities for local government officials, community leaders, and professionals from diverse backgrounds in the planning and environmental fields. This year’s Symposium, “Livable Communities”, will be presented in partnership with  St. Louis University’s Center for Sustainability.

WHERE: St. Louis University ll Monastero, St. Louise Room
3050 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63103
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 2015 Program Overview

Attendees will learn about current and future sustainability practices that are changing the face of our cities and neighborhoods, while creating a positive environmental, social, and political impact in our communities. Focus will be on transportation, food, biodiversity and community within a livable community. Attendees will also learn about successes in communities across the U.S. and how those projects are being used as models here at home. Presenters include national and local experts as well as accomplished peers.

Through an interdisciplinary approach and networking opportunities, attendees will connect and engage with others, understand their work in a greater context and learn from both peers and regional experts. 

Topics

Session topics include:

  • Alternative transport: less reliance on automobile; safe, accessible walkways and bike ways; complete streets
  • Local food: residential composting, food hubs and access to fresh foods
  • Use of green infrastructure: restoring green ways, return to natural river functionality, and increase in native planting to restore balance
  • Environmental justice: green job development, supportive policy and economic development.

Symposium Partners & Sponsors

American Planning Association – St. Louis  •  American Society of Civil Engineers – St. Louis  •  American Society of Landscape Architects – St. Louis  • CannonDesign •  East-West Gateway Council of Governments  •  Franciscan Sisters of Mary • Greenway Network  •  Horticulture Co-op of Metro St. Louis  •  Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District  •  Missouri American Water  •  Missouri Botanical Garden  •  Missouri Department of Conservation  •  Missouri Department of Natural Resources  •  OneSTL • SCI Engineering  • St. Louis Higher Education Sustainability Consortium • St. Louis University – Center for Sustainability • US Green Building Council – Missouri Gateway Chapter

Symp sponsors

Symposium Planning Committee

Year after year, the Symposium is stitched together by a team of volunteer professionals and community leaders under the facilitation of St. Louis Earth Day. Without their help, the event would pale in comparison to the vibrant program that returns year after year, adapting to reflect the interests of the planning committee and the most pressing environmental issues of the day.  Meet the 2015 committee members.

Interested in being part of our planning committee?
Contact: director@stlouisearthday.org to get involved.